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The Newsroom S01E04 "I'll Try to Fix You" 7/15/2012

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Beryl, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. Beryl

    Beryl Active Member

    Feb 22, 2009
    I've never been a fan of soapy TV unless accompanied by compelling circumstances. The individual character quirks are developing too quickly in "The Newsroom", for my taste. I prefer to be presented with a situation and then have people react to it. Over time, I may become interested in their individual lives.

    "The Walking Dead" , "Law & Order XXX", and "True Blood" are examples of shows that "did it right", IMO. Some of the characters in those shows are boring but I tolerate them because of my interest in the situation.
  2. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

    Aug 6, 2003
    Madison, WI
    Interesting... my wife and I are really struggling to stay engaged with True Blood lately because the situations seem contrived and uninteresting. At least the news is usually interesting... sort of.
  3. busyba

    busyba The Funcooker

    Feb 5, 2003
    Speaking of the Sorkinisms....

    Near the end when Will is on the set during a 30-second break and he calls Sam Waterston in and says (paraphrasing, except for the bolded part) "tell Jane Fonda that if she wants a piece of me she had better come at me with more than a couple of gossip columns."

    That immediately sounded really familiar to me. It took me a couple of minutes of thinking, but then it hit me... it's the climactic speech by Michael Douglas as President Sheperd in The American President: "and if you want to talk about character, Bob, you'd better come at me with more than a burning flag and a membership card"
  4. zordude

    zordude WDW Fan TCF Club

    Sep 23, 2003
    Malden, MA
    I would watch this show.
  5. Dawghows

    Dawghows Active Member

    May 17, 2001
    Well, to be fair, a lot of time has passed on the show in just the few episodes we've seen. The oil spill in the Gulf was April 2010, and the Giffords shooting was January 2011. We haven't spent as much time with these characters as they characters have spent with each other, so to speak. I'm not saying this is good or bad, dramatically speaking. I'm pointing out that from the perspective of the characters, their "quirks" have developed over a longer period of time.
    Totally agree with TAsunder. After struggling to stay interested all last season and through four eps this season, my wife and I have finally dropped True Blood from our lineup.
  6. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Obviously, being married interferes with people's ability to appreciate True Blood. :D
  7. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    This is kind of a problem with this show. Significant "time" has passed between episodes, yet I don't get that feeling from the characters. Seems like what happened in E2 could have happened a few days after E1 and same with E3 and E2. There is just TOO much time between them and not enough explaining what happened between the time.
  8. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    Well, my wife is the serious True Blood fan. In our house being married ensures my "ability" ("opportunity"?) to appreciate True Blood.

    She assures me it's the whole show, not just that she wants to spend an hour watching Eric run around, mostly without his shirt on :rolleyes:
  9. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Obviously, there's something wrong with your marriage. :D

    (With my ability at statistical analysis, I should be a political commentator!)
  10. DLiquid

    DLiquid Progressive User

    Sep 17, 2001
    I agree. I've felt the other episodes were a bit uneven, but I was enjoying this one the whole way through.

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